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Community Heart Failure Team

The Heart Failure Specialist nursing team was formed during 2013 and consists of 3 specialist Heart Failure nurses. Referrals are accepted from all health care professions when a patient has a confirmed diagnosis of left ventricular systolic dysfunction via echocardiogram or similar test. The aim of the service is to help stabilise and optimise the patient’s condition and help them develop self management strategies. For all other types of Heart Failure, i.e. valve disease with preserved Heart Failure, the referral with a plan of action needs to be made via a Cardiologist.

Referral Criteria

The patient must have a confirmed diagnosis of left ventricular systolic dysfunction

 

Excluded:

  • Heart Failure where the cause is so far undiagnosed
  • Heart Failure secondary to valve disease or hereditary condition, unless referred by the consultant cardiologist
  • Heart Failure secondary to hypertensive disease or isolated right Heart Failure unless referred by the consultant cardiologist 
  • Paediatric patients

Patients with a confirmed diagnosis of left ventricular systolic dysfunction are referred :-

  • On hospital discharge
  • From secondary care clinic
  • From GPs
  • From other Community healthcare professionals

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Contact Information

Contact Jackie Street
Phone 0300 300 2012
Fax 023 92 340240
E-mail snhs.TurnerCentre@nhs.net
Address Turner Centre, St James Hospital, Locksway Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 8LD
 

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Additional Information for Health Professional

Full service description

As a team, the Heart Failure Nurses provide care by:

 

  • Managing complex drug regimes and encouraging compliance
  • Titration of Heart Failure medication in line with NICE Guidelines
  • Monitoring patient response, bloods and organ function following drug changes
  • Liaising with acute hospital Heart Failure specialists both nurses & consultants to create a “pull” model for early discharge
  • Educating patients and carers to know how to recognise & manage exacerbations thereby avoiding unnecessary admission & taking control of their condition
  • Encouraging lifestyle improvements including, in association with relevant professionals, advice about exercise & diet
  • Utilising tele-monitoring and monitoring vulnerable patients daily via the remote system
  • Tailoring care to individual patient needs and provide individualised care plans
  • Ensuring all Heart Failure patients benefit from flu & pneumococcal immunisation
  • Delivering improved patient & carer experience at the end of life including where appropriate de-activation of intra-cardiac devices in conjunction with appropriate palliative care teams
  • Build on and encourage best practice in primary care by providing education to other healthcare professionals and providing advice when sought
  • Improve the prognosis & quality of life for Heart Failure patients by improving symptoms & slowing their deterioration

Referral Criteria

The patient must have a confirmed diagnosis of left ventricular systolic dysfunction

 

Excluded:

  • Heart Failure where the cause is so far undiagnosed
  • Heart Failure secondary to valve disease or hereditary condition, unless referred by the consultant cardiologist
  • Heart Failure secondary to hypertensive disease or isolated right Heart Failure unless referred by the consultant cardiologist 
  • Paediatric patients

Patients with a confirmed diagnosis of left ventricular systolic dysfunction are referred :-

  • On hospital discharge
  • From secondary care clinic
  • From GPs
  • From other Community healthcare professionals

Referral Method

 

 

 

Other information & documentation

All patients are provided with:

  • An individualised care-plan
  • A patient held health record
  • A point of contact for the service via the Single point of Access

Clinical Lead Contact Info

Clinical Lead Lisa Lee
Clinical Lead Title Service Lead
Clinical Lead Phone 023 92 683460
Clinical Lead Address Management Team 3rd Floor Civic Offices Portsmouth
Clinical Lead Postcode PO1 2GJ
Clinical Lead e-mail lisa.lee@solent.nhs.uk

Service Manager Contact Info

Service Manager Tim Hodgetts
Service Manager Title Operations Manager - Adults Portsmouth
Service Manager Phone 023 92 683425
Service Manager Address Management Team 3rd Floor Civic Offices Portsmouth
Service Manager Postcode PO1 2GJ
Service Manager e-mail tim.hodgetts@solent.nhs.uk
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